Policy and regulation

  • Government misses NHS instructions deadline for first time – HSJ


  • Council will rejoin ICS subject to ‘privatisation’ veto – HSJ
  • Caesarean section delivers a ‘£400 saving’ on natural birth – Times


  • Doctors are increasingly in conflict with parents of terminally ill children – Times

Primary care

  • GPs who make one-off mistakes less likely to face full GMC investigation under new plans – Pulse
  • OTC medication rationing only made a quarter of its targeted savings – Pulse
  • NICE hypertension guidelines will increase GP workload, BMA warns – Pulse
  • GP trainee recruitment set for second record-breaking year – GP Online   


  • Ben Heather on the NHS App – HSJ
  • Digital service which gives access to child health information is launched – Digital Health
  • Blackpool clinical staff benefit from GP data access – Digital Health

Science and research

  • Gene therapy used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease – BBC, Times
  • Scientists revive dead pig brain with artificial blood – Times